Thursday, November 20, 2014

Michael Delaney's OBI, GERBIL ON A SCHOOL TRIP! reviewed in Kirkus

Kirkus finds OBI, GERBIL ON A SCHOOL TRIP! (Dial/Penguin), by Michael Delaney a "good choice for readers just wandering into chapter-book territory!"

Michael enjoys talking to students, so if you would like to book him for a school visit, just go to his website.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Illustrations from Wendell Minor's EDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD on view at the Edward Hopper House Art Center in Nyack, NY

Wendell Minor’s artwork from EDWARD HOPPER PAINTS HIS WORLD (Holt/Macmillan), written by Robert Burleigh, will be on view at the Edward Hopper House Art Center (located at 82 North Broadway, Nyack, NY 10960) from now till January 4, 2015.

The mission of the Edward Hopper Landmark Preservation Foundation is to preserve and maintain the birthplace and boyhood home of artist Edward Hopper (1882-1967); to maintain an archive of Edward Hopper documents and memorabilia; to serve as a resource for scholars, art historians, and art lovers worldwide; to function as a multi-arts center for artists to display their work in all media, and to encourage and nurture community engagement with the arts.

We hope you have the opportunity to see Wendell’s work at the Edward Hopper House Art Center.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Frané Lessac will be in the U.S. in April 2015 to launch her new book and speak at SoMIRAC and is available for school visits

MIDNIGHT, THE STORY OF A LIGHT HORSE (Candlewick), by Mark Greenwood and illustrated be Frané Lessac, is due out at the end of April 2015. To celebrate the publication, Mark and Frané will be coming from Australia to tour in the U.S. and to speak at the SoMIRAC (State of Maryland InternationalReading Association Council) Conference in Baltimore on April 16/17, 2015. They would be happy to do some tie-in schools in Baltimore before or after the conference as well as go anywhere else in the U.S. to visit schools while they are here. Frané Lessac has a large backlist of books with many themes relating to the core curriculum that she can address in her presentations or workshops. Some recent titles include THE MAYFLOWER (Holiday House), THE GREATEST LIAR ON EARTH (Candlewick), THE DRUMMER BOY OF JOHN JOHN (Lee & Low) and THE BOOK BOAT'S IN (Holiday House).

She and Mark plan to arrive in the U.S. (New Jersey) around April 12, 2015 and return to Australia April 30, 2015.

Any schools interested in having Frané and Mark come and speak to their students should contact Catherine Balkin of Balkin Buddies for information on their honorarium and schedule. Just phone me at 727-378-4191 or click the “contact me” on the Balkin Buddies website to send an email. We’ll be happy to help you arrange the visit.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Michael Delaney's OBI, GERBIL ON A SCHOOL TRIP! reviewed in Library Media Connection

We were pleased to see that OBI, GERBIL ON A SCHOOL TRIP! (Dial/Penguin), by Michael Delaney, received this great review in Library Media Connection:

Delaney, M.C.
Obi: Gerbil on a School Trip!
2013. 204pp. $16.99 hc. Dial Books for Young Readers (Penguin Young Readers Group). 
978-0-803-73854-6. Grades 3-6

This third book in the series starring the female Jedi gerbil follows more hijinks and misadventures of Obi as she inadvertently travels with her adoptive mother, Rachel, to 4th grade as a backpack stowaway. Obi, who learned to read while listening to Rachel’s bedtime stories, must find out who Rachel’s favorite pet is by reading her report for homework. Obi has encounters with both humans and animals in various school settings that any 4th grader can identify with. With very approachable text, this is a great transition to chapter books as there are many small illustrations that enhance the humor and storyline. Great characters, a contemporary setting, and a mix of popular culture as well as references to children’s literature make this a perfect book for the upper elementary crowd. 
Terry Roper, Library Consultant, Region 10 ESC, Richardson, Texas 
[Editor’s Note: Available in e-book format.]

Michael enjoys going to schools to talk to kids. To book him, just go to his website!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Emily Arnold McCully's STRONGHEART: THE WORLD'S FIRST MOVIE STAR DOG reviewed in the Wall Street Journal

In “Strongheart: The World’s First Movie Dog” (Henry Holt, 40 pages, $17.99) we meet a remarkable real-life German-American character, this one a police dog with the wonderfully musical name of Etzel von Oeringen. Born in Germany in the latter days of World War I, Etzel had been “bred to be alert, brave, strong, and perfectly loyal,” Emily Arnold McCully writes. That much he shared with others of his breed, perhaps, but Etzel also had charisma: Sent after the war to an American kennel, the dog so impressed a visiting film director and his screenwriter wife that they determined to use him in a silent movie. First, however, they had to teach the regimented Teuton to relax and play. Ms. McCully’s jaunty prose and detailed ink-and-watercolor illustrations show scenes from this amusing training period, which culminated in Etzel’s appearance in “The Silent Call.” The movie so thrilled audiences that it launched the 1920s craze for canine matinee idols and for German shepherds themselves.